The house is so quiet today. After having Steve home for two weeks while he didn't have work and our daughter home for a week due to the snow, it's strange having the house to myself again. While they've both drove me crazy at times, I miss them today now that they've gone back to work and school.
It's funny. Normally I like having my alone time during the day. The time I can get things done around the house without being interrupted ten times. The time when I can curl up with a book and relax without someone needing something. The time when I can revel in the silence.
But I miss them both today. I miss Steve being silly. I miss curling up against him while we watch TV in bed. I miss our daughter sitting beside me reading her book while I read mine. I miss her coming to show me some new thing she's found on her game. I even miss the constant noise the two of them make.
I'm reminded of when our daughter first started school. I've been a stay at home mom her entire life and I was used to the constant noise of her chatter, cartoons and toys. After dropping her off at school that very first day, I came home to silence. It was a huge adjustment.
I ended up having to turn the tv on cartoons just to get through that first day. It didn't matter that I wasn't watching it. I just had to have the noise. It took a few weeks before I didn't have to have the tv on to be alone in the house.
I may have to fall back on that tactic again. After having the house bustling with noise these past couple weeks, it's too silent today. Even the dogs are quiet.